The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe

Monday, May 1, 2017


The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe
Ryan North, Erica Henderson, 2016

Premise: The first original graphic novel starring the only heroine with the powers of both squirrel and girl! Squirrel Girl enjoys eating nuts, kicking butts, and making friends. What would cause her to beat up the entire universe? Many minor characters are from the ongoing series, but you could read this without reading the series as long as you read the character intros.

The current Squirrel Girl series is one of my favorites, possibly of all time, and this story has all the aspects I love. Doreen, her squirrel friends, her human friends, her casual attitude toward superheroics, her belief in the goodness of people, her computer science skills.

The plot hinges on some unanswered questions about the potential power of communication with squirrels and the established fact that Doreen has taken down a huge number of Marvel villains. She's one of the most powerful characters in Marvel, and under this author, her power comes equally from her physical might and her boundless optimism.

Doreen's friend and roommate Nancy plays a large role, and she's awesome as always. Also featured are her friends Chipmunk Hunk and Koi Boi, and her social media sparring partner, Tony Stark. As you might expect from the title, playing minor roles are nearly every Marvel hero and villain you can think of and a few you probably can't.

This book features awesome action, poignant moments, laugh-out-loud humor, and even heroes escaping in their underwear. I recommend it for everyone who enjoys fun heroic action with a big heart.

5 Stars - An Awesome Book

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